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First Woman Bishop in the Church of England: The Revd Libby Lane Announced as Bishop of Stockport

Posted on: December 18th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


The Revd Libby Lane
Photo Credit: Kippa Matthews
Downing street have today announced that the new Bishop of Stockport – and the first woman bishop in the Church of England – will be the Revd Libby Lane, currently Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley.


Libby Lane was ordained as a priest in 1994 and has served a number of parish and chaplaincy roles in the North of England in the Dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester. For the past 8 years she has served as Vicar of St. Peter’s Hale and St. Elizabeth’s Ashley.

She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the dioceses of the North West

Speaking at Stockport town hall where she was announced as the new Bishop of Stockport Libby Lane said: “I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be Bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.

“The church faces wonderful opportunities, to proclaim afresh, in this generation, the Good News of Jesus and to build His Kingdom. The Church of England is called to serve all the people of this country, and being present in every community, we communicate our faith best when our lives build up the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. I am excited by the possibilities and challenges ahead.”

Responding to news of the announcement the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd Dr John Sentamu, said: “It is with great joy that on January 26, 2015 – the feast of Timothy and Titus, companions of Paul – I will be in York Minster, presiding over the consecration of the Revd Libby Lane as Bishop Suffragan of Stockport. Libby brings a wealth of experience in parish ministry, in hospital and FE chaplaincy, in vocations work and the nurture of ordinands. I am delighted that she will exercise her episcopal ministry with joy, prayerfulness, and trust in God.

“When the General Synod rejected the previous proposals in November 2012, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, wrote to ‘pour some balm on (my) wounded heart’.  That year, he encouraged me, his province was finally celebrating the election of two women bishops. ‘Be comforted’, he said, ‘it will come.’

“When I wrote to him last weekend to offer my prayers for his battle with prostate cancer, he replied with these words: ‘Wonderful that you over there will soon have women bishops. Yippee! I know you have pushed for this for a long time. Yippee again!’

“Praise be to God in the highest heaven, and peace to all in England!”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, said: ““I am absolutely delighted that Libby has been appointed to succeed Bishop Robert Atwell as Bishop of Stockport. Her Christ-centred life, calmness and clear determination to serve the church and the community make her a wonderful choice.

“She will be bishop in a diocese that has been outstanding in its development of people, and she will make a major contribution. She and her family will be in my prayers during the initial excitement, and the pressures of moving”.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, said: “Libby has had a varied and distinguished ministry, and is currently a first-rate parish priest. She has already demonstrated her ability to contribute nationally through her representative role in the House of Bishops, on behalf of the north-west England dioceses.

“As the first woman bishop in the Church of England she will face many challenges as well as enjoying many opportunities to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. I have no doubt that she has the gifts and determination to be an outstanding bishop.

“I am delighted at her designation as Bishop of Stockport after a lengthy process of discernment across the Church of England and beyond.”

The nomination of Libby as the new Bishop of Stockport was approved by the Queen and announced today (Wednesday 17 December 2014). Libby succeeds the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, who is now the Bishop of Exeter.

Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), December 17, 2014

Primate prays for victims of Peshawar attack

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By Anglican Journal staff


A typical classroom scene at a primary school in Pakistan. Photo: UNESCO/Akhtar Soomro/UN News Service _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, called for prayers for the families of the 132 children and nine staff members killed in the Dec. 16 attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan.

In the midst of a visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Hiltz said he and Archdeacon Paul Feheley joined Welby in remembering the victims at a service of morning prayer at Lambeth Palace in London.

“As the world watches the anguish of grieving parents burying their children, we are left wondering how such evil intent to kill innocent children continues to stalk the earth,” he wrote in a Dec. 17 statement.

“In light of this tragedy, it is hard not to remember that the birth of the Christ Child prompted Herod to order the slaughter of innocent children,” he added, calling for prayers now “for the Holy Innocents of Pakistan.”

The primate described the attack as a “horrific crime against humanity,” and said “let us pray for all the children who have been the innocent victims of terrorist activities that have marred this entire year.” _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Journal News, December 17, 2014

US-Cuba thaw opens up possibilities for churches

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By André Forget


The Episcopal Church of Cuba traces its origins to the early 20th century and has around 10,000 members. Photo: General Synod Communications. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In a historic announcement Dec. 17, President Barack Obama said the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after 54 years of isolationist foreign policy toward the island nation that included a crippling trade embargo. The decision will have far-reaching effects on the island nation’s economic and diplomatic situation and on the lives of its 11.26 million citizens, but it may also mean that new possibilities open up for the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC).

U.S. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori lauded the decision on the part of both countries to release political prisoners who have been held in captivity for years. “The return of Alan Gross and the remaining three of the Cuban Five to their homes will bring great rejoicing to their families and their nations,” she said in a statement. “This action also opens the door to regularized relations between these two countries for the first time in 50 years.”

Upon hearing the news that the U.S. and Cuba would re-establish diplomatic ties, Bishop Michael Bird of the diocese of Niagara said in a statement that the diocese “rejoices at the transformational opportunities that this announcement holds for the Cuban people and the ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Cuba.” The diocese of Niagara and the Episcopal diocese of Cuba maintain a companion relationship.

When asked how changes in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba might affect the position of the ECC, Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, stressed that there is still much that is unknown.

“I think people are imagining all kinds of futures right now, and I think it’s a wonderful moment when suddenly all of those imagined futures open up,” he said. “Over the course of time, as the consequences of the changes become clear and what possibilities emerge, then I think the future relationships of the diocese of Cuba with Canada, The Episcopal Church (TEC), the West Indies [and] the Anglican Communion will become clearer.

“We have some kind of a future together as partners in the Anglican Communion,” said Thompson, “and it may be quite different from the present, but it will always be informed by the warm relationships between our two churches.”

The ECC, which has around 10,000 members, has been in a strange position since the revolution of 1959. When Fidel Castro ousted the U.S.-supported dictator Fulgencio Batista, the Cuban church was still part of province IX of TEC. Following the revolution and the flaring of cold war hostilities between the United States and Cuba’s communist government, however, the ECC’s place within the American church became increasingly untenable due to the difficulties of travel and communication. In 1967 it became an extra-provincial diocese.

Following the separation of the ECC from TEC, the Metropolitan Council of Cuba was created to ensure the ECC would have sufficient support and oversight. The council consists of the primates of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Province of the West Indies and the presiding bishop of TEC. Because Canada never broke off diplomatic ties with Cuba, the relationship between Canada and Cuba, and between their respective Anglican churches, became very close. Both the primate and the general secretary travel to Cuba every year to meet with the diocesan bishop and members of the diocesan council. The Canadian church also offers various grants and financial services to Cuban Episcopal parishes. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Journal News, December 17, 2014

Foundation backs five youth projects

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By Sara Tatelman


The Rev. Canon Judy Rois, Anglican Foundation executive director, and (seated) Emily Wall, project manager. Photo: André Forget


Through its new Request-for-Proposals (RFP) process, the Anglican Foundation of Canada will fund five innovative projects aimed at bolstering youth leadership within the Anglican Church of Canada. These projects include youth ministry, online biblical instruction, leadership training and community service and living.

Young people “are going to bring energy to the church, lots of new ideas…a whole new way of looking at the church,” said the Rev. Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Foundation. She said that the Foundation’s board of directors listened to the “needs and wants of the church” and youth training and leadership “rose pretty close to the top.” A branch of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Foundation funds infrastructure and ministry projects through donations from individuals, parishes and organizations.

Most of the projects that the Foundation supports are required to find 50 per cent of their funding elsewhere, but for this new initiative, the Foundation’s board of directors decided it would not require applicants to secure additional funds. The Foundation’s support of up to $10,000 covered the costs of some projects, while others received funding from within their diocese as well.

The Foundation received eight applications in this first RFP process, and its board of directors selected the five initiatives “that best fit the criteria, and that would best serve the Canadian church in the future,” said Rois.

“We wanted people to think incredibly big—the biggest thing they can think of,” added Emily Wall, the Foundation’s project manager. “We don’t want people to feel that they’re constrained by some idea of what church should be or what ministry should be.”

All projects, except that of the diocese of Niagara, which requested and was granted $8,000, will receive $10,000.

The Montreal Diocesan Theological College will offer mission internships for the summer of 2016. Six young people from across the country will plan mission projects in their area of interest, and will be encouraged to think “outside the traditional urban ministry box,” said Wall.

Toronto’s Wycliffe College will provide an open online course in September 2015. Entitled “Jesus at the Dawning of the Kingdom,” the course is designed to encourage biblical literacy.  The college “wanted to be able to speak to people who had no prior knowledge of the Bible,” said Wall. Taught by Wycliffe professors, the course will primarily advertise to students and young adults, but all interested parties can sign up.

The diocese of Niagara is piloting Pathways to Ministry, a two-year youth ministry project that will begin in spring 2015.  Twelve young adult participants will receive region-specific mentorship, and will create and execute a variety of events targeted at young Anglicans. Participants will also receive guidance through Trailblazing, an online series of lectures, music and videos that provide inspiration and community to those involved in youth ministry.

The Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg and British Columbia’s Sorrento Centre will devise and execute a 10-day leadership intensive in early 2015, as part of Sorrento’s Winter Youth Leadership Development program for young adults between ages 18 to 28. The course will emphasize learning in community, setting learning goals and reflecting on experiences.

In fall 2015, St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church will create a yearlong intentional Christian community. While living together, five young adults from across Canada will serve the wider community through outreach and ministry projects. St. Margaret’s is located in downtown Vancouver, “so there’s a lot of urban ministry they can do,” said Wall, adding that time will be structured so the participants can take full advantage of the communal living experience.

In March, the Foundation will reveal next year’s theme and call for proposals. Once again, it  will allocate $50,000 for five ministry-related projects across Canada. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Anglican Journal News, December 15, 2014

Taizé: Silence and waiting

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Over the last few weeks the great silence of winter has fallen on the village of Taizé. There are a lot fewer visitors at this time of year, although the international meetings continue each week. Last week the biggest group came from Norway and at the end of November there were 200 young people from Barcelona taking part in the programme.

And it was to Barcelona that two brothers went to receive a prize, awarded annually by the Catalan government, known as the “Memorial Cassià Just”, the name of a former Abbot of the monastery of Montserrat. The award was presented to the community for its ecumenical work and commitment to dialogue and reconciliation.

In Taizé, each Sunday at 6:30 pm we continue to pray in silence for peace.  Advent began with the brothers and the young people gathering together to sing around the Nativity scene.


News from Taizé by email –  9 December 2014

Brazil leads 2015 Week of Prayer

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments


By Leigh Anne Williams



Each year, a writing team from a different country prepares liturgical materials and resources to be used internationally for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed annually from Jan. 18 to 25. This year, a team appointed by the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil chose its theme from John 4:7, in which Jesus meets a Samaritan woman and says, “Give me a drink.”

The materials, available from the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), explain that the biblical gesture of offering water to a guest as a welcome is familiar in all regions of Brazil, where offering beverages are “trademarks of acceptance, dialogue and coexistence.”

Maria Simakova, co-ordinator for the CCC’s commission on faith and witness, told the Anglican Journal, “This image the Brazilian Christians are offering to world Christians and to Canadian Christians is an image speaking of complementarity; so to drink the water from somebody else’s well is the first step toward experiencing their way of being and being in communion.”

She said the theme is meaningful for the CCC because its mission is to promote this unity and diversity. “Each denomination witnesses to its truth but through dialogue and fellowship we do arrive at a mutual complementary understanding and a deepening of that truth.”

According to material from the Brazilian team, the promotion of Christian unity is of particular importance in Brazil because the country is experiencing a time of growing fundamentalism and Christian denominations have adopted a competitive attitude toward one another. Intolerance among the denominations was most vividly demonstrated in 1995 when a bishop from a Neopentecostal church kicked a statue of Our Lady Aparecida, the patron of Brazil, during a nationally broadcast TV show. Other examples of that intolerance have continued in the years since.

The image of a woman giving water also resonates with other issues of concern in Brazil.  The materials point out that there is a high level of violence against women and also against the indigenous population, related to large hydroelectric developments and the expansion of agribusiness.

When asked if any Canadian events would be drawing parallels with current concerns in Canada about violence against aboriginal women, Simakova said she hadn’t heard of any yet. But, she said,  “the similarity of themes has been noted, so hopefully the congregations and the national churches, when they plan their ecumenical events, will somehow link them, and we would encourage that.”

Canada was the country invited by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to prepare the resources for 2014, and Simokova said that the CCC estimates Canadian participation increased by as much as 30 per cent last year, based on traffic on the CCC website, downloads, requests for resources and feedback from churches across the country. That increase is encouraging, she said, “because one of the major reasons for week of prayer is to pray for unity but also to promote unity on the ground since the ecumenical services bring people together locally.”

Simakova noted that the three ecumenical centres in Canada — Canadian Council of Churches (Toronto), Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (Saskatoon) and Canadian Centre for Ecumenism (Montreal) worked closely together to produce the Canadian materials the Week of Prayer used last year, and it marked the start of a new phase in their relationship.

The week of Jan. 18 to 25 is designated as the Week of Prayer and was first proposed by Franciscan Fr. Paul Wattson in 1908. “In the Western calendar, this week begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the conversion of Paul, so ecumenically it is a symbolic moment and a unity of the church,” Simakova explained.

She noted, however, that both the WCC and CCC remind local congregations and national churches that they don’t have to be bound to that particular week. “If it makes sense in their context to pray during Pentecost or to incorporate the materials into their yearly liturgical year, or to even do private prayers, we try to make our resources as adaptable as possible,” she said.

The CCC receives the resources each year from the WCC and adapts them for the Canadian context. French and English versions are available for download from the CCC website,, and Simakova said the materials include “anything a pastor would need – a poster, a bulletin cover, the text of the service, preaching resource, introduction to the theme of the year, bible studies.” The CCC will also mail hard copies of the material out to churches upon request.


Anglican Journal News, December 08, 2014

Priest chronicles recovery in video blog

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By André Forget


The Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor shares her journey back to health in a video blog. Photo: Lisa Barry.


On July 19, the Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, indigenous ministries co-ordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada, began to have difficulty breathing after suffering from flu-like symptoms for a week. She was taken to hospital in Hagersville, Ont., not far from where she lives, and slipped into a coma that would last two weeks.

This would turn out to be the beginning of a difficult but surprising journey, one that opened up a new and unexpected avenue for ministry to the Anglican minister, who has served the church in a variety of capacities for decades.

When Ginny emerged from her coma last August, she was told that she had suffered a perforated bladder and undergone a very difficult surgery. “There were one or two people who said I was an hour from death,” she said later. “If I hadn’t gone in when I did, I could be six feet under.“

Ginny’s recovery to health has been the ongoing focus of a new project by Anglican Video called Ginny’s Journey. Taking the form of a video blog, Ginny’s Journey documents her thoughts and feelings as she goes through the recovery process, sharing what she has learned and her thoughts on the importance of prayer, hope and community support.

Speaking in one episode of how the experience has shaped her understanding of humility, Ginny notes that “when you have to depend on others, there is a humbling factor there. I began to see people in a different light.” At another point, she shares her thoughts on the medical system itself. “One thing about our medical system I think we haven’t quite figured out…[is] holistic healing. It’s not just about taking care of your physical needs; it’s about taking care of your spirit and your soul.”

The series is being produced by Lisa Barry, senior producer at Anglican Video. When asked what she hopes the impact of the project will be, Barry said she would like to see it build connections among people in similar situations. “I’m hoping that it spurs enough response that people who are in a similar situation could connect online…so people who aren’t getting support could connect online and get support.”

Before taking up the position of indigenous ministries co-ordinator, Ginny—who is a Mohawk from the Six Nations—served as a missionary of The Episcopal Church to the diocese of Alaska. She has been working for the Anglican Church of Canada since 2011.


Anglican Journal News, December 05, 2014

Joint Assembly planned for 2019

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By Leigh Anne Williams


Archbishop Fred Hiltz  and Bishop Susan Johnson lead Anglican and Lutheran members of the 2013 Joint Assembly in prayer at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Photo: Art Babych


The Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) have approved in principle a plan to hold a second joint assembly in 2019.

The first joint meeting of the two churches’ governing bodies, which drew about 800 delegates, was held in Ottawa in 2013, with the full communion partners generally meeting as one group except when required to meet and vote as separate legal entities.

The Anglican House of Bishops and Lutheran Conference of Bishops met together on Nov. 17 and 18 in Niagara Falls, Ont., where the bishops heard a report from the Joint Anglican and Lutheran Commission (JALC) that included news of the joint assembly.

The report also highlighted the fact that Waterloo Ministries—where Anglican and Lutheran communities share clergy, facilities and programs—have grown from 32 to 82 ministries in the last few years. The report emphasized the point that for the majority of those ministries, the choice to work together was made from “a position of strength for common witness,” not from a survivalist point of view, said Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, in an interview.

Bishop Susan Johnson, national bishop of the ELCIC, spoke to the bishops about plans to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Hiltz said that Johnson and the joint commission were careful to point out that they are not calling this a celebration “because they realize that one of the outcomes of that reformation was a splintering of the church, so they’re calling it a commemoration.” They are very keen to have their full communion partners and ecumenical partners participate in the events, he added. The theme will be “Liberated by God’s Grace” and the subthemes, to be examined from 2015 to 2017, are “Salvation Not for Sale”; “Human beings not for sale” (which will focus on trafficking); and “Creation not for sale.”

Hiltz said a report from JALC also pointed to a need for both churches to discuss the challenge of providing sacramental ministry in rural communities. Within Lutheran circles there is discussion about the possibility of lay people offering the eucharist, which is not being considered in the Anglican church, he said. “Our route around handling that situation has always been to look at locally raised priests, helping the community to discern who might in fact have the charism [gift] of priesthood and then to call that person, train and ordain them.”


Anglican Journal News, November 26, 2014

Pilgrimage looks at Anglican responses to homelessness

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By André Forget


Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, reads a poem in honour of those who have died on the street. Photo: André Forget.


The word “pilgrimage” often conjures up images of holy places in ancient lands, of quiet prayer and inward reflection. But for a group of Anglicans and Lutherans in Toronto, the word took on a new meaning Nov. 22 when they participated in “Come and See,” a pilgrimage put on by Anglican community organizers from the diocese of Toronto in conjunction with the national church.

The pilgrimage, which took place on National Housing Day, was meant to raise awareness of the worsening housing crisis in Canada, which in 1998 the federal government declared a “national disaster.” On any given night, an estimated 35,000 people do not have a home, according to the Homeless Hub, an online community of academics committed to gathering and disseminating information about homelessness in Canada. In any given year, 235,000 Canadians will experience homelessness, with 5,000 having no shelter of any kind, 180,000 staying in emergency shelters and 50,000 being provisionally accommodated.

The event drew attention to some of the ways in which parish ministries are responding to the crisis in the wake of the joint declaration made by the Anglican and Lutheran churches in 2013 on homelessness and affordable housing. The declaration called the church to act in support of the homeless and marginally housed and to advocate for renewed federal funding for housing.

The pilgrimage began early in the morning at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, where churchwarden Michael Shapcott, who has been involved in housing advocacy in Toronto for many years, provided some historical context for the drastic decrease in social housing since the mid-1980s.

Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Toronto Homeless Memorial, then shared some of her own experiences as a homeless person on the streets of Toronto. “I first became homeless in 1987,” she said. “The landlord of the place we were living at sold the house. We were told that the new owner wanted the whole house for himself. Three months later we were on the street.”

She spoke of how she and her partner slept wherever they could for two years, until they were finally able to find affordable housing. She formed a committee to create the memorial in honour of those she knew hadn’t been as lucky. The memorial contains over 700 names, listing all the known homeless people who have died on the streets of Toronto since 1985.

At St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, priest-in-charge Maggie Helwig spoke about the breakfast program her parish runs. Helwig argued that the church has an integral role in fighting poverty and homeless, at one point quipping, “when Jesus said ‘the poor you will have always with you,’ it wasn’t a policy recommendation.” She also invited some of the regular breakfast attendees to answer questions from the pilgrims about their experiences of being homeless or marginally housed.

One of the most common narratives that came out the pilgrimage was of people who became homeless later in life. At the midday meal at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Don Morgan, who now works part-time at Redeemer as a caretaker, shared how he became homeless after a career working in the financial services industry and as a business systems analyst. “After the last project I was on ended,” he said, “a lot of things in my life caught up with me and I went into a depression which lasted for about two years, and by that time I had no other resources, so I had to leave.”

It was through Redeemer that he was able to get back on his feet, but he shared his story as a reminder that no one is so secure that they might not one day find themselves in a position of homelessness.

The next stop on the pilgrimage was at the Church of San Lorenzo, a Latin American Anglican parish served by Fr. Hernán Astudillo, who came to Canada from Ecuador as a political refugee in 1992. Astudillo’s congregation is made up of refugees and immigrants from many Latin American nations, and his parish has become a centre for building and connecting Latin American migrants living in Toronto.

Astudillo argued that the church needs “a new theology and a new spirituality: that of the immigrants,” in order to recapture its vital energy, and he also challenged the idea that funding needs to come in big grants. Instead, he gave an example of how San Lorenzo raised money through donated beans, which were then made into pupusas and empanadas and sold to members of the community for $2.

The final stop on the pilgrimage brought the group to All Saints Anglican Church, at Dundas and Sherbourne streets, at the heart of what the Toronto Star called in 2009 “the most violent quarter of the city.” All Saints is unique in Toronto among the parishes visited in that its outreach is the purpose for its existence, to the extent that its building has been shaped around the services it provides the community, including a bakery where street-involved men and women can get work experience.

The Rev. David Opheim, the priest/director/incumbent at All Saints, spoke passionately about the importance of providing a safe space where people—and especially women—would feel comfortable coming, a place that didn’t expect them to be able to turn their lives around immediately. “We are not judgmental; we base our work on harm reduction,” said Opheim. In addition to housing 56 people in a building adjacent to the church, All Saints has a nurse on-site during the week to help people who might not feel comfortable going to a hospital.

Several of the individuals who were part of the pilgrimage were themselves homeless or marginally housed, including John Birnie, a “lifelong Anglican” and trained musician who heard about the event through his involvement at All Saints. Birnie called it “inspirational” to see how many churches were involved in outreach.

Angie Hocking, outreach co-ordinator at the Redeemer, said that the idea for the pilgrimage arose from the desire to find an alternative “to having a conference where we all sit in a room and talk about homelessness.” Instead, she wanted to “get out there and see different spaces, learn from people with lived experience and hear from different ministries on their own turf.”

Henriette Thompson, director of public witness for social and ecological justice at the national church, who, along with Hocking, was involved in the leadership and planning of the event, said she hopes this will be a “pilot” for similar events in other cities.


Anglican Journal News, November 26, 2014

Rois listed in top 100

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By Leigh Anne Williams


The Rev. Canon Judy Rois says she has tried to “uphold women in theological education and in the ministry of the Canadian church.”    Photo: Contributed _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Rev. Canon Judy Rois, executive director of the Anglican Foundation, has been named as one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

The awards are intended to “recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels,” according to a release about the latest recipients from WXN. The WXN is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the “advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles.”

Listed with influential women such as CTV chief anchor Lisa LaFlamme and Indigo Books & Music CEO Heather Reisman, the WXN biographical information about Rois says that “strategic thinking and vision coupled with a capacity for whimsical creativity, resourcefulness and innovation have been the hallmarks of…Rois’ 29 years as an ordained minister.” Rois was appointed as executive director of the Anglican Foundation in 2010.

In an interview with the Anglican Journal, Rois noted that the WXN, to which she belongs, is a secular organization recognizing her work in the church. It is “really great when in the public square you get some acknowledgement,” she said.

Rois said she began her ministry as a priest in the years not long after the Anglican Church of Canada approved the ordination of women. “Rather than fight for acceptance or demand recognition, I chose rather to earn what I believed was a rightful place in a male-dominated profession,” she said.

“One of the things I’ve tried to do over the years is make a strong contribution to Canadian theological education,” she said. “That has included women and men, but [I’ve tried] really to uphold women in theological education and in the ministry of the Canadian church.”

In her experience, Rois said recognition often does not come quickly and may take years and years “of steadily pursuing what you feel is your vocation.” She noted that as a “privileged white person,” she is aware that she has had opportunities that many other women haven’t. “So whenever I have the opportunity to support somebody else who doesn’t yet have their voice, I will do everything I can to go to bat for people.”

The 2014 WXN awards are slated to be presented in Toronto on Nov. 27.


Anglican Journal News, November  26, 2014